Now, there are several responsible things that should and will be done with the money. The credit card, car, and a new driver's license are all examples.
However, the fun part of this is thinking about what to do with the rest. Specifically, I am contemplating purchasing a video game system. Feel free to offer advice, suggestions, or opinions.
I have already consulted several people about this, but I am now going to lay it out for general discussion.
Now, there are several general things that should be laid out before getting into anything specific.
1. A high price isn't an instant kill. While I do like to save money(who doesn't?) I should be able to shell out for any system currently on the market by the end of this month.
2. The consoles I have owned: NES, SNES, Playstation(1). None of these were new/current when I got them. In fact, the playstation was a hand-me-down when my cousin got a PS2. Owning a current system is something I would like to do at some point.
3. Perhaps a good way to think of this is as my equivalent to a sports car. The form and the flash are much more important than the function because I am purchasing the thing as a toy. Also, it will almost certainly be far and away my biggest purchase this year.
4. My favorite game genres are RPG and strategy, though I enjoy games in most popular genres.
Now, platforms that I have already vetoed.
a. Wii. It's the silly console. Fun, sure, but I just don't see enough here to hold my attention.
b. a computer. My current machine is 3 years old now and likes to randomly crash unless it is set on 256 colors. So I do need a new one. However, my family will advocate strongly that I purchase a Mac, which is what we all have. While I may be a bit flush, I am not $1200 flush-which is what a decent gaming Mac costs. Furthermore, a computer is a tool as much as a toy. Buying it as a substitute for a big toy just seems wrong (especially since a Mac's game selection sucks).
On to the contenders:
a. Playstation 2. The cheap option, but the most sure. Lots of good games, proven, etc. Just not new, not flashy, and probably not going to get much more before they are retired from the market.
b. Xbox 360. The hot console right now. Good exclusives, enough backwards compatibility for the few Xbox titles I would get. Also decently priced. Problems? Has a rather high rate of catastrophic failure. Also not currently big on genres I care about.
c. Playstation 3. The most expensive. No really exciting exclusives at this point. On the other hand, it is certainly high tech, and is fully backwards compatible. So I keep getting bang from my good playstation games, and I can buy PS2 games for quite a while before I run out of titles I want. Definitely an investment.
So there you have it.